Bruno Mars Tops Like Every Single Chart With "Locked Out of Heaven"

Calling it the "Triple Crown" of the pop charts would probably be overstating the matter somewhat, but it's impressive nonetheless. Bruno Mars has topped the Hot 100 for the last two weeks with his "Locked Out of Heaven," and does so for a third frame this week, but now not only is he topping that chart, he's topping every mini-chart that feeds into it—Radio Songs, On-Demand Songs and Digital Songs. No song has ever done that before simultaneously, though with On-Demand Songs being introduced just last March, there haven't been a ton of songs to get the chance do just yet.

Meanwhile, on the album chart, T.I. is the latest artist to fall victim to Taylor Swift's Billboard 200 dominance. After slaying Bruno's Unorthodox Jukebox on the chart last week, this week, Taylor's Red fends off T.I.'s latest Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head. The Swift effort sells a robust 276,000 copies this week to land its sixth non-consecutive week on top the chart, while T.I. comes in with 179k in sales (just above Bruno's Jukebox, landing at #3 with 178k sold. As with Mars, T.I. can take solace that though his album did not hit #1—something the rapper has done thrice already anyway—it outpaced his previous effort, 2010's No Mercy, which sold just 160k in its first week.

With no major album releases on the horizon this week and no singles really knocking on the door of "Locked Out of Heaven," expect Taylor and Bruno's reign of prosperity to continue uninterrupted, likely well into the new year—at least until the release of A$AP Rocky's LongLiveA$AP provides Taylor's first real challenge on Jan. 15th. And maybe by then Macklemore & Ryan Ganz' "Thrift Shop" (#10 this week, remarkably) will have gotten over the Hot 100 hump by then, who knows.

[Billboard]